And On Piano ...Nicky Hopkins

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The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Who. The Kinks. The Jefferson Airplane. Joe Cocker. Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Yardbirds. Harry Nilsson. At the heart of their music, and of hundreds of others, was one man and a piano: Nicky Hopkins.

For three generations, rock'n'roll has been the heartbeat of our world, and Nicky Hopkins defines rock'n'roll. For thirty years, before his tragically early death in 1994, Nicky Hopkins put his mark on some of the most unforgettable ...

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Overview

The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Who. The Kinks. The Jefferson Airplane. Joe Cocker. Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Yardbirds. Harry Nilsson. At the heart of their music, and of hundreds of others, was one man and a piano: Nicky Hopkins.

For three generations, rock'n'roll has been the heartbeat of our world, and Nicky Hopkins defines rock'n'roll. For thirty years, before his tragically early death in 1994, Nicky Hopkins put his mark on some of the most unforgettable popular music ever made. This is the definitive work on rock music's greatest session player, and one of its unsung heroes.

As Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) put it, "Nicky wrote the book on rock 'n' roll piano." This is the book about how he did it.

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London-born Nicky Hopkins (d. 1994) played keyboards on songs by the Who, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones; was a member of the Jeff Beck Group; performed at Woodstock with Jefferson Airplane; contributed to solo works by John Lennon, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia; and made several solo albums of his own. In this first biographical examination, Dawson, a singer-songwriter who collaborated with and befriended Hopkins, chronicles Hopkins's story from the burgeoning and vigorous London rock scene of the swinging Sixties to superstar sessions in the Seventies. Dawson uses his interviews with many of Hopkins's associates and family members as well as published source material to document his childhood, battles with chronic illness, and the drug use and subsequent sobriety and contentment at the end of Hopkins's life. VERDICT While many may not be familiar with Nicky Hopkins's name today, almost every rock fan has heard this quintessential studio session player's distinctive piano. This book, with its detailed and extensive discography and appearances list, will interest dedicated fans with intense curiosity about the creation of some of rock's seminal records.—Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984436224
  • Publisher: Backstage Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 509,455
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Extremely Detailed Biography

    This man, Nicky Hopkins, was a dear friend of my husband's, Boyd Albritton, who is mentioned in the book several times, along with a picture of the band he recorded an album with Nicky at Wally Hieder's Studio in S.F. CA in the mid-70's. The author had contacted my husband by email several times for info on Nicky, as well as regarding a picture that Boyd received from Moira Hopkins, with permission to use on the album from the 70's, "Prehistoric Raven", that Boyd and Nicky (among others) recorded together, and which Boyd released in the late 90's, after learning that Nicky had passed. I purchased this book for my husband for a Christmas gift and he is absolutely thrilled with it!!! I have started reading it myself and find it to be quite interesting and entertaining. I was blessed to meet Nicky once, again in the mid-70'a, in Mill Valley, CA, and found him to be one of the sweetest, kindest, most humble and inobtrusive gentleman I have ever met - "gentleman" being the operative word here. He was a gentle soul, with the sparkle of a pixie in his eyes. And he could tickle those 88 ivories like no one else in the world!!! He is sorely missed and thankfully his music will continue to live on. Many thanks to Julian Dawson for pulling together all of the scattered information on Nicky into an cohesive memorial to a great, great musician.

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